Sunday 15 July 2018

'It is too early for her' - tear gas 'kills baby'

The mother of Leila Anwar al-Ghandour looks at her daughter as she is prepared for burial in Gaza City. Photo: Getty Images
The mother of Leila Anwar al-Ghandour looks at her daughter as she is prepared for burial in Gaza City. Photo: Getty Images

Dan Williams

In Gaza City, hundreds marched at the funeral of eight-month-old Leila al-Ghandour, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag.

"Let her stay with me. It is too early for her to go," her mother cried, pressing the baby's body to her chest.

Speaking at a hospital earlier, her grandmother said the child was at one of the tented protest camps and had inhaled tear gas.

"When we got back home, the baby stopped crying and I thought she was asleep. I took her to the children's hospital and the doctor told me she was martyred (dead)," Heyam Omar said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered a general strike across the Palestinian territories yesterday and three days of national mourning. Many shops in East Jerusalem were shut throughout the day and a 70-second siren was sounded in the West Bank in commemoration of the Nakba. Most protesters stay around tent camps, but groups have ventured closer to the no-go zone along the fence, rolling burning tyres and throwing stones. Some have flown kites carrying containers of petrol that spread fires on the Israeli side.

Monday's protests were fuelled by the opening ceremony for the new US embassy in Jerusalem after its relocation from Tel Aviv.

Irish Independent

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